2019 FAPA President’s Book Awards Deadline Has Been Extended to April 15!

FAPA

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

For the 2019 awards, submissions opened on November 1, 2018. Submissions will close on April 15, 2019. This year FAPA will award gold, silver, and bronze medals in twenty-five categories. Books published between May 2018 and April 2019 that meet the 2019 Submissions Guidelines are eligible for a 2019 award. An eligible title may be submitted in multiple categories.   The fee for each title/category submission is $95.00.

Enter Today

WHEN:  SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019
TIME: 9 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: MACKLE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW to members and non-members

Authorfest is back, bigger and better than ever! After five years we have gotten it right with the right place, the right time and the right publicity.

New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Black is the Keynote Speaker for the afternoon. She will have her own table and be selling her books during the day. We have a Kid’s Corner, with crafts and storytelling, and local authors reading their own books. How can it get better than this? Selected Young Writers from our writing project will read their own works & receive their rewards.

We have several sponsorships by the business community and are actively seeking more.  There will be professional printing of signs, flyers, and brochures; publicity announcements in 3 local newspapers; Chamber of Commerce eBlast to its members, and announcements on the radio.

This is the signature event of the year for MIW Inc.

Don’t miss it!

Authorfest Registration Sheet       Authorfest Sponsorship Form

SWFL Writer’s Conference

Reports from people attending the conference

This report is for those of you who were unable to attend the Southwest Florida writer’s conference.
First let me say as moderator of this Communication Portal it was great to actually see, meet, and put faces to all those people who communicate through my portal and who I only know by their email address. It was one of the benefits of meeting the 200+ local writers from all over this area who were at the conference.
Unfortunately I didn’t get much chance to sit down and talk with the New York publishers who were in attendance, but I was told by everyone that had, that it was a great experience. Having volunteered to help at the conference, I spent the entire day operating the bookstore where we sold books that were written by those attending the conference. This was a great experience as I got to meet each writer as they brought their books to the table and several times during the day as they returned to see how their books were selling.
As people came out from the different sessions and came by the book store, they would stop and tell me what a great session had just been and how they learned so much.
If I was a writer, particularly ones struggling to get published, then I would certainly be in planning to be at next year’s conference because of the experience we all had at this year’s conference. It is probably the best investment you can make both in money and time.
See you all next year if not before.
Paul Holmes
Charlotte Harbor Writers Communication Portal – moderator.

From Sharmin McKenny: Here is a picture of some of the GCWA members who attended the SWFL Writers Conference in Port Charlotte, FL this Saturday.  See my Facebook post for the many others that were not pictured here.
FB  FairbanksHistory author/speaker.

GCWA attendees

GCWA members who attended the conference:

Sharmin McKenny, Jamilla Brooks, Trish Wentling, Janice Hall Heck,  Roberta Trail, Lori Goshert, Andrew Conlyn, Beatrice Zazzaro, Irene Smith, Laura Nonemaker, Faith Gansheimer, Geri McArdle, Jeanette Barnes, DL Havlin, Jeanelle Cooley, Angelina Assanti, Gianni Petitti


Possibilities! The Hudson comes to the Peace

 

 

 

Title: “Possibilities!  The Hudson comes to the Peace” (“River” that is)
Primary Area Served: From Sarasota/Bradenton to Naples/Marco Island and inland (Everyone is welcome)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019  —  7:00 AM until  8:00 PM
Theme: Writing’s possibilities!
Areas included: Books (fiction & non-fiction), Magazines, Newspapers, TV/radio, & Electronic media.
Location: Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte
Program: One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring 70 individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
One to One Sessions: A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including 16 agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee.

Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited!

For more information go to:  http://www.abc-artisansofbooks.com/writer-conference.html

The Elephant III Storytelling Performance Showcase
3rd Annual, All New Stories

Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, emotion, and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured stories, and more…
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table.
FeaturingDistinguished Toastmasters:
Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Tashahara Jallad, Rhonda Brazina
with …
Marilyn Graham, Lisa Leonhardt, Tony Marr, Phyllis May, Pam Minton, Leonor Reales

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7pm—9pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Tickets $20 (Alliance members $15)
Box Office: (239) 939-2787

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Southwest Florida Military Museum
Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member will present a free workshop about developing a compelling pitch to promote your book. He will help you formulate a One Sheet that presents your book, you, and your anticipated audience in an interesting concise format.

Charley has attended several classes and an extensive week-long conference in NYC on promoting yourself, your business, and your book to all levels and types of media including many of the largest syndicated networks and papers. He has used this knowledge in pitching his book to literary agents, TV producers, newspapers, freelance magazines, national radio, and various other media.

The workshop will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904.  The museum will be hosting a pancake breakfast that day from 8:00 am-11:00 am. The cost will be $8.00 per person. You are welcome to attend the breakfast prior to the workshop.

Open Mic Big Arts Sanibel

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Please join us for another enjoyable Spoke Wordplay evening.
Young.Sanibel performance poet Brodie Burns will be our featured poet. Sanibel and SW Florida poets and writers will perform their works. Marjorie and Joe Pacheco will read tennis poems. Members of the audience will be invited to perform original or favorite works.

 

SleuthFest 2019

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Welcome to SleuthFest 2019

March 14-17, 2019 – A Premier Conference for Writers of All Levels
Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton
661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

 

Why should you attend Sleuthfest? Glad you asked…

As winter drags on, March in South Florida is the place to be! Our all-suites conference hotel has a gorgeous outdoor heated pool, free made-to-order breakfast daily, and a complimentary evening reception as each day winds down.

Since 1994 SleuthFest has connected authors with agents and publishers and helped writers improve their craft learning from award-winning and best-selling writers like T. Jefferson ParkerTom StrawAlex Segura, and Alexia Gordon.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your finished manuscript to agents like Tess Callero of Curtis Brown, Cari Lamba of Jennifer de Chiara Agency, Nicole Resciniti of Seymour Agency, Michelle Richter of Fuse Literary.

You can make your manuscript all it can be or jump-start if you’re stuck with a strategy session with editors Anna Michels of Sourcebooks, Chantelle Aimée Osman of Agora (Polis Books), Stacey Donovan of Hallmark or Neil Nyren, former VP of Putnam.

Convinced? Great! REGISTER NOW! Registration fees increase on January 15 so don’t wait!

TELLABRATION 2018!

An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers of Fort Myers
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida
 
Free Admission
Call (239) 543-4872 for information

Drawing the battle lines between Show and Tell – Part 2

Ed Ellis will be using information as developed by Robert Plutchik (Psychologist of Note) and his emotions wheel. Please print the wheel graphic and bring it to the meeting. It will be used to explain the examples during the meeting.

Meeting Date: Wednesday June 13th.

Jacaranda Meeting – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Conference Room, second floor
Jacaranda Trace
3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL 34293

Englewood Meeting – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223